Alaska Big Thaw Retreat

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SCBWI Alaska’s 2nd Annual

Alaska Big Thaw Retreat

For all Authors: Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, 

Adult Literature, and Illustrators

May 11-13, 2018

At the Stunning Knik River Lodge

in Palmer, AK, only an hour from Anchorage

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Workshops by Stephen Barr of Writers House Lit. Agency

(Who reps children’s, teens, and adult works)

Optional critique groups and loads of quiet writing and illustrating time

Add a professional critique

AK cuisine, a cabin, a classroom yurt with a wood burning stove, and amazing views

Plus your sense of adventure,

And a desire to improve your craft

And you’re ready for the

ALASKA BIG THAW RETREAT! 

ILLUSTRATOR INTENSIVE

Sunday, May 13, 2018

1-4 PM

Also with Stephen Barr of Writers House Lit. Agency

Who reps illustrators, too!

Space Limited – Early Bird Discount Ends Feb 28, 2018

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Special Guest Stephen Barr of Writers House Lit. Agency

Writers House has been around for over forty years, and in addition to being an actual house (it’s true! Check our website!), it’s one of the largest literary agencies in the industry, representing fiction and non-fiction of every stripe.

I’ve been with Writers House for a little over nine years now, and while I’m not an actual house (couldn’t get the permits), I’m a pretty omnivorous agent. At the moment, I’ve got a particular hankering for…

– intricate, heart-on-its-sleeve, voice-abundant YA like King Dork or The Highest Tide (bonus points for unrequited love stories!)
– audacious, experimental YA mysteries or fantasies that handcuff humor and tragedy to the same radiator
– middle grade that takes on heavy themes with a light, optimistic, eccentric touch
– sweet and/or silly and/or heartbreaking picture books from adventurous author/illustrators
– unexpected memoirs with itchy voices
– narrative non-fiction that tackles hard-to-tackle issues
– and any fiction that rewards the reader line-by-line and gets to know at least one character really, really well (recent favorites include Fourth of July Creek, & Sons, Jeff In Venice, The Lazarus Project, Diary of a Bad Year, Horns, and Skippy Dies).

I’m also willing to be a sucker for…

– detective stories that bend reality
– ghost stories that blow reality to hell
– Secret Book X (I don’t know what Secret Book X is, but suffice it to say, I’m open to the occasional curveball).

I’m still within the first ten years of building my list, and I have almost zero emotional baggage, so I’m ready to fall in love (with your book)!

Stephen’s Presentations During the Main Retreat Friday-Saturday:

  • Dreams, Demons, and Drive when being Creative
  • First Pages workshop for all authors
  • Picture Book workshop: Testing the conceptual & narrative strength
  • Novel Writers Workshop: TBD, but something about craft
  •  QnA

For the Illustrators Retreat on Sunday: 

  • Something Old, Something New: How to Push Your Art to Evolve: Every project, big or small, is an opportunity to sharpen your old skills and develop new ones at the same time.  But how can you rely on your strengths without inhibiting your stylistic evolution?  Agent Stephen Barr will walk through several of his clients’ progressions as artists and preach the importance of staying comfortable while leaving your comfort zone.
  • An illustration “assignment” will be posted by January 1, to be completed and brought with you to the retreat.

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Tentative Retreat Schedule:     

FRIDAY 5/11/18    

4:00 – 5:30 PM         Check-in

5:45 – 6:00 PM         Welcome & Announcements

6:00 — 7:00 PM       Dreams, Demons, and Drive when being Creative Workshop for all authors with Stephen Barr  

7:00 — 8:30 PM        Dinner at Lodge

8:30 PM                    Get to know each other activity and open mic

                                 Wine, hot cocoa, and mulled cider served

SATURDAY 5/12/18

8:00 AM                        Breakfast at the lodge

9:00 – 10:00 AM           First Pages workshop for all authors with Stephen Barr   

10:30 AM– 12:00 PM    Optional critique group session 1 or writing time on your own

12:00 PM Lunch            Served in yurt, take outside if weather cooperates

2:30 – 3:30 PM             1) Picture Book workshop: Testing the conceptual & narrative strength with Stephen Barr                            

                                     2) Optional critique group session 2 or writing time on your own

3:45 – 4:45 PM            1) Novel Writers Workshop: TBD

                                    2) Optional critique group session 2 or writing time on your own

5:00 – 6:00 PM            Optional critique group session 2 continued or writing time on your own

6:00 PM                       Dinner on your own (in lodge if you requested reservations when you registered)

8:00 PM                       Open mic: Read your improved first page? Something new? Inspirational blog post? Surprise us!

                                    Pot luck desserts and drinks

                                    Fun, Fun and More Fun!

SUNDAY 5/13/18  

8:00 AM                      Breakfast in lodge

9:00 — 10:00 AM        Workshop for all authors: Plotting for Pantsers and Procrastinators with Stefanie Tatalias

10:00 – 11:00 AM       QnA with Stephen Barr & TBA

11:00 AM                    Check out, but you can stay writing in the yurt!

1:00 — 4:00 PM        Optional Illustrators Intensive with Stephen Barr

Critique Groups (optional): ​Critique groups will meet twice on Saturday with time to revise between meetings. Highly recommended that you submit your manuscript ahead of time (see instructions in BLUE at bottom of page). You can also bring your pages with you, but since the group must read your work on the spot, there will be less time to discuss it at the first critique meeting.

Open mic: ​Friday and Saturday evening we will meet in the yurt. Please bring a 500-word excerpt to share with the group. (Reading to the group is optional.) This can be your own writing, someone else‘s or something inpsirational.

Meals: ​All retreat meals, except Saturday Dinner, are included in your registration fee. Snacks will be potluck style so please bring your favorite snacks to share with the group. Saturday dessert is also potluck. If you have severe food allergies or sensitivities, we recommend bringing your own food to the retreat.

​Lodging: ​All retreat attendees and special guests will be staying at the Knik RIver Lodge Lodge. ​Lodging in a shared cabin is included in your retreat registration fee. You can pay a supplement to have your own cabin, and are welcome to bring a guest who is not attending the retreat to share your room with you (no meals provided). The cabins have a small fridge, coffe maker, bathroom and shower.

​Get to Know You Activity:​ Please bring an item to the retreat that represents something you like to do outside of your writing. 

​Cost: early bird $275  for members, $305 for non-members. Daytime only (no sleeping accomodations): $145 for members, $175 for non-members.

REFUND POLICY: There is a $50 refund charge for any cancellation on or before March 31, 2017. Any cancellation after March 31, 2018 will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GRANTED AFTER April 11, 2017.

PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUE INSTRUCTIONS

If registered for a critique by Stephen Barr or other presentor

(not “critique group” during retreat—those are in blue below)

LIMITED NUMBER OF CRITIQUES & SUPER LIMITED NUMBER FOR NON MEMBER

So register early

Please submit your manuscript or art by March 31, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted, and there will be no refund if you miss the due date. You will receive no notices about submitting material; it is your responsibilty to get it in.

Please read these guidelines carefully and follow the directions!

How to submit:

Send as an attachment to alaska-ra@scbwi.org in a DOC or DOCX, or PDF if illustrator, labeled with your last name and title of work, or key first word of manuscript. Ex: JaneDoe-Blockbuster

In body of email please state this is for the professional critique with Stephen Barr.

Writers:

10 pages TOTAL, if you registered for a 10 page critique; 20 pages TOTAL if you registered for a 20 page critique

(picture book authors may submit only ONE story even if less than 10 pages)

Your 10-20 pages can include a synopsis and/or query letter (query will not be critiqued)

12 pt font, new times roman

1 inch margins 

double spaced (no cheating, it’s obvious)

Header looks like this: title / your name / page number

Upper left of first page:
Your Name
Your Address
Telephone, or email

1/2 way down first page, centered, TITLE OF BOOK
by Your Name

state the genre if applicable (nonficiton, contemporary, etc) and/or target age (picture book, middle grade, young adult, adult)

2/3 down start manuscript
Each new chapter begins 1/3 way down page

Illustrators:

Images in ONE PDF

Up to four low-res images (72 dpi) in a DOC or folder labeled with your name.

 

CRITIQUE GROUP INSTRUCTIONS

If signed up for participating in a critique group. 

(not for a professional critique by Stephen Barr or other presentor. Those are in red above)

Please submit your manuscript by April 22, 2018. You will receive no notices about submitting material; it is your responsibilty to get it in.

Please read these guidelines carefully and follow the directions!

How to submit:

Send as an attachment to alaska-ra@scbwi.org in a DOC or DOCX, or PDF if illustrator, labeled with your last name and title of work, or key first word of manuscript. Ex: JaneDoe-Blockbuster

In body of email please state this is for the critique groups.

Writers:

10 pages TOTAL or 1-2 picture book manuscripts for a total of 10 pages.

12 pt font, new times roman

1 inch margins 

double spaced (no cheating, it’s obvious)

Header looks like this: title / your name / page number

Upper left of first page:
Your Name
Your Address
Telephone, or email

1/2 way down first page, centered, TITLE OF BOOK
by Your Name

state the genre if applicable (nonficiton, contemporary, etc) and/or target age (picture book, middle grade, young adult, adult)

2/3 down start manuscript
Each new chapter begins 1/3 way down page

Illustrators:

Images in a PDF

Up to four low-res images (72 dpi) in a folder labeled with your name.